One of the biggest mining projects in South Australia in the last decade, Carrapateena Province is in the highly prospective Gawler Craton in South Australia. It’s already set to become a multi-generational, low-cost mining province.

The Kokatha people are the traditional owners of the land.

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Product: Copper concentrate (containing gold and silver)

Production rate: 4.25Mtpa

Mine life: ~20 years

Location: 250 km south-east of Prominent Hill, 160 km north of the regional centre of Port Augusta, in South Australia

Mining method: Underground – sub-level caving

Processing method: Conventional crushing, grinding and flotation


  • 2011
    • OZ Minerals acquires Carrapateena exploration project.
  • 2014
    • Pre-feasibility study completed.
  • 2016
    • Carrapateena scoping study completed.
    • Partnering Agreement between OZ Minerals and Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation signed.
  • 2017
    • Jointly received Premier’s Award for Social Inclusion with the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation.
    • Feasibility Study updated
    • Works on enabling infrastructure commenced.
  • 2018
    • Project approvals complete.
    • Construction commenced.
    • Received Premier’s Award for Excellence in Working with Communities.
  • 2019
    • Construction complete.
    • First saleable concentrate produced.
    • Block Cave Expansion PFS commenced.
  • 2020
    • 4.25Mtpa ramp up achieved.
    • Block Cave Expansion PFS complete.
    • Block Cave Expansion approved.
    • New 270 km transmission line to Prominent Hill via Carrapateena commissioned.
    • Early works on Western Access Road commenced.
  • 2021
    • Block Cave Expansion early works underway.

Going beyond at Carrapateena

A long-life, high-quality asset, Carrapateena doubles as a hub for innovation and collaboration, and is living proof of Our Purpose to go beyond what’s possible to make lives better.

Case study: Hybrid Energy Plant

Mining consumes lots of energy, so variability, uncertainty and complexity of energy supply needs to be well managed.

Carrapateena is home to South Australia’s ‘hybrid energy plant’, a unique facility designed to attract global organisations and host experiments focused on finding creative energy solutions for more sustainable mines

We know that to achieve real breakthroughs, we need to think about, and design mines, very differently and collaborate widely.

Carrapateena shows what we can create when we Think and Act Differently.

Case study: Hybrid Energy Plant

Working at Carrapateena

Already a world-class operation, Carrapateena will be home to exciting discoveries, new developments and creative innovations in mining for years to come. Join our team or partner with us and be part of a Modern Mining Company.


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